K. Ryan | Washington State, USA | 08/04/2006
(1 out of 5 stars)
"However "great" the acting may be, or how nicely/uniquely it is filmed, this series is basically a glorified soap opera.
I purchased it for my Australian husband, thinking that it would be an interesting piece of historical fiction.
Fiction, yes. Historical, I doubt it.
The characters are so messed-up, and continually dig themselves deeper into the pit of scandal and despair.
This is full of language, nudity, sexual scenes, adultery, and a GRAPHIC murder scene. There are affairs, a disturbing story/secene of abortion, illegitimate pregnancy, etc. We kept watching, hour after hour, expecting it to get better, or at least have some redeeming message. ...But it just kept getting worse and more depressing - and more scandalous.
I really like Cate Blanchett, but even her character is a bit much to handle in this movie. She is featured on the cover of the DVDs, but doesn't come into the picture until more than half way through.
I highly recommend the DVD series called "Burned Bridge" if you are looking for a very interesting and accurate glimpse into Australian/Aboriginal culture. Cate Blanchett is also in this one and gives an outstanding performance, along with Ernie Dingo and the others. Also, the film "Rabbit Proof Fence" is an incredible true story of Australian history.
I would NOT reccommend this (Bordertown) to any of my friends, family or acquaintances. ...And I'm almost embarrassed to admit that I watched so many hours of it hoping for it to get better/more redeemimg."
Bordertown has it all!
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This series is excellent! The characters are all wonderful! It has everything - drama, comedy, romance, murder and history.
The actors are believable; and Cate Blanchett and Mitchell Butel
are fantastic. I finished the series in one week (not an easy feat for a full-time working mom). I just had to find out what would happen next."
I throughly enjoyed this movie!!!
S. M. Brown | Eugene oregon | 08/15/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Yes, there is a lot going on this movie from sex to murder but nothing new & the actors are all excellent. I would recommend this movie!!"
Reader | Boca Raton, FL | 02/26/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Australian series about European immigrants living in the military baracks shortly after WWII. They all come from different countries and they all have personal story to tell. First half of the series focuses on telling each character's story, while the last few episodes try to kill them off from the plot.
Most amaizing performace is guest appearance by Cate Blanchett, who portrays albino italian immigrant bethroted to the mentally challanged Italian man. Her character is so conflicted and controversial that it is difficult to love her or hate her as a human being - but she is absolutely fantastic in the role that is exploration is deep feelings of loneliness, disappointment, sadness and knowledge that being "different" physically or otherwise can easily make an individual the unwilling outcast in any society.
These series were made long time ago and in today's portrayals of political correctness they are certainly controversial."